The epiphyses (singular: epiphysis) are the rounded portions at the ends of a bone separated from the metaphysis by the physis. The epiphysis contributes to a joint, compared with an apophysis which is a site of tendon or ligament attachment. Once the growth plate has fused, the epiphysis and metaphysis are joined.

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Anatomy: General
Terms used in radiology

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rID: 42641
Section: Anatomy
Tag: bones
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Epiphyses

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Cases and figures

  • Figure 1: general bone anatomy
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  • Figure 2: physeal anatomy
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